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About durhamboy

  • Birthday September 14

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  1. Alpher instruments in Yorkshire made it.
  2. Unobtainable on mine too. I had a go at building my first electric guitar back in 1976, actually I built 2 at the same time, (the first bass came a bit later) because as a student I couldn't afford anything decent at the time. At least these days a couple of hundred quid, or a few hundred dollars, gets you a pretty decent instrument, back then equivalent amount of money just got you a POS in most cases.
  3. OK, all jokes aside, I have to own up to liking brown basses, but only if they're brown due to being the natural color of the wood, can't stand brown paint jobs and unnatural looking brown stains. But what's not to like about these brown beauties?
  4. It's more or less the color of a Hazel nut, so that might do, if the word brown needs to be avoided, but Hazel nuts are brown so... Having been an art student once upon a time, Burnt Sienna is a shade of brown that I'd say could also fit this bass and that sounds even more pretentious than Hazel.
  5. Nice veneer and that birdseye maple board looks nice, can't wait to see it lacquered, that should really bring it to life.
  6. Looks lovely, glad to hear that it sounds good too at it's first try out.
  7. Rick Danko of The Band was a prominent player of the Ampeg Scroll Bass, regularly seen with a fretless model. Geddy Lee apparently has a collection of them. (The pic here is of Geddy with Bruce Johnson in his workshop.)
  8. What a clever and beautiful solution and the shape you chose fits the bass perfectly. Very well done sir.
  9. It certainly looks like an Ampeg Scroll Bass and yes, there weren't many of them made, but.... a gentleman in the USA, Bruce Johnson, makes replicas. Bruce is a regular poster on the USA bass forum talkbass.com, is a commercial luthier and has a website. http://www.xstrange.com (apologies if I shouldn't have posted a commercial address) I have no affiliation with Bruce and don't own one of his instruments, but he is a regular poster on talkbass and is very helpful to other builders.
  10. Even if it won't be perfect, or turn out exactly as you pictured it, if it still plays and sounds OK, then at worst you've burnt up some hours on it and learned from the experience. Stick with it and good luck with the body shaping.
  11. Glad the problem is sorted, especially as it's also improved how you feel about the sound. Looking forward to hear how it sounds when you get the chance to record something.
  12. I really like the finished look, it is a beauty. If the "tremolo" effect lessened after you lowered the pickup, hopefully taking it a little lower again (if possible) will fix things. Probably worth discussing this with the builder, if you haven't already. With the effect only being on the one string, the problem may not be pickup height?
  13. Yes, interesting that you found them listed as being 51 grams, that sounds more like it. As I said, the figures on the site mentioned might have got it wrong or it 's a typo. Research nearly always pays of...
  14. I just had a look at those tuners as they sounded pretty good and I've never been a fan of the big old Fender type tuners. Unless I misread the weight given on the site, (or the given weight is wrong or a typo) they didn't seem that light at 95g each, so I checked the weight of a Gotoh GB707 and it came out at 66g. So 264 grams for a set of 4 which is pretty light. (Old style Fender tuners are a tad over 100 grams each) Gotohs are generaly relatively inexpensive, at least compared to the likes of Hipshot, Schaller etc.
  15. I notice from the pictures of your build in the gluing up stage that the body wings extend quite a way forward, so you have enough wood there for a longer upper bout. If you want to have a single cut look, rather than an upper horn type look, perhaps check out some versions of single cut body shapes? Neck dive is can be a real pain, some people don't seem to be bothered, but others find it an unbearable problem. Just consider, once you cut the wood away you're pretty much committed. As you're working on a neck through build you don't have a neck pocket or traditional heel to be concerned about, you can shape the neck/body transition in a variety of ways including deep cutaways on both sides of the neck, or just on the treble side if you want to extend the upper bout to reduce neck dive. You can get pretty inventive with a neck through build. It might be worth checking out how different builders and manufacturers approach their builds.
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